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Organisations involved with the standards and conformance system

We provide policy advice to promote New Zealand's standards and conformance system.  A number of other organisations also hold roles.


International Accreditation New Zealand

The operating arm of the Testing Laboratory Registration Council, International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) is the national accreditation body for testing and calibration laboratories, radiology services and inspection bodies.

It is a member of various international laboratory accreditation bodies including:

  • International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation,
  • Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation.


Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand

A trans-Tasman organisation, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) accredits certification bodies that audit management systems and product and personnel certification.

It also accredits inspection bodies in Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of:

  • International Accreditation Forum,
  • Pacific Accreditation Cooperation.


Standards New Zealand

The trading arm of the Standards Council, Standards New Zealand is a crown entity that:

  • Prepares, adopts and publishes most of the technical and commercial standards in New Zealand.
  • Develops joint Australian and New Zealand standards used in both countries.
  • Adopts or amends international standards to suit New Zealand conditions.
  • Represents New Zealand in the
    • International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO),
    • International Electro-technical Commission (IEC).
  • Facilitates New Zealand representation on relevant ISO and IEC technical bodies and standards' committees.
  • Participates in the Pacific Area Standards Congress.
  • Is New Zealand's enquiry point for all non-agricultural products for the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.



Measurement and Product Safety Service

A section within the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the Measurement and Product Safety Service administers and enforces the Weights and Measures Act 1987.

It also provides advice to the government on legal measurement systems and its operations.

New Zealand is a member of the:

  • Organisation International de Métrologie Légale.
  • Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum.


Measurements Standards Laboratory of New Zealand

The Measurements Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) ensures that New Zealand has a system that delivers accurate and reliable measurements.  It provides appropriate national measurement standards traceable to the International System of Units.

The government needs reliable measurements for legislation.  Suppliers and consumers use measurement as the basis for fair trade.

New Zealand is a signatory to the Metric Treaty and to an Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of National Measurement Standards and of Calibration and Measurement Certificates issued by National Metrology Institutes.  This is a major step forward in international measurement traceability. 

MSL participates in metrology activates in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly as an active member of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme.


Last updated 6 December 2011